M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
EARLY VICTORIAN ROSEWOOD &
MAPLE DESK CADDY
Royal Interest :
Princess Mary, HRH The Princess Royal and Countess of
The Box, England c1840,
The Gift 1946
The rectangular caddy with
alternating bands of rosewood and bird's eye maple,
the ends having with turned
rectangular upright handles,
the base with a paper label
inscribed in pen :
Given to Flora Davis
H.R.H. The Princess Royal
Condition : Excellent
3.5" High, 11.5" Long, 8"
Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of
(Victoria Alexandra Alice
Mary; 25 April 1897 – 28 March 1965)
a member of the British Royal Family.
Princess Mary was the
third child and only daughter of King George V and
She was the sixth holder of
the title of Princess Royal.
Mary was styled
Princess Mary of York from birth,
later changed to Her Royal
Highness by her great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
She became HRH Princess Royal
upon her father's accession as King in 1932.
As there can be only one
living Princess Royal, this title could not be
conferred to her young niece, now Queen Elizabeth
She has acted as ruling Counsellor of State (as
joint regent) during the reigns of both King George
and Queen Elizabeth,
in 1939, 1943, 1944, 1947, 1951, 1951, 1956 and
Princess Mary, Princess Royal and
Countess of Harewood,
James Jebusa Shannon, from the book "Princess Mary's Gift
Book, published 1914
was married to the 6th Earl of Harewood, Henry Lascelles.
Her brothers included the abdicating Edward VIII Duke of
Windsor, and King George VI.
During World War I, Princess Mary visited hospitals and
welfare organizations with her mother; assisting with
projects to give comfort to British servicemen and
assistance to their families. One of these projects was
Princess Mary's Christmas Gift Fund, through which
£100,000 worth of gifts was sent to all British soldiers
and sailors for Christmas 1914.
Her interests and public duties reflected her concerns
with nursing, the Girl Guide (Girl Scout) movement, and
the Women's Services. She became honorary president of
the British Girl Guide Association in 1920, a position
she held until her death.
At the outbreak of World War II, the Princess Royal
became chief controller and later controller commandant
of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS, renamed the
Women's Royal Army Corps in 1949).
She carried further responsibilities as the president of
Papworth, air chief commandant of Princess Mary's Royal
Air Force Nursing Service (1950) and received the
honorary rank of general in the British Army (1956).
Also, in 1949, the 10th Gurkha Rifles were renamed the
10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles in her honour.
1951 she became the chancellor of the University of
She was mother of two sons,
George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood, and Gerald
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